Eligibility and Priorities Central Valley Disadvantaged Community Water Quality Grants Program

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Projects Supported: Projects must be designed to benefit groundwater or surface water quality in the Central Valley or San Joaquin Valley, the west slope of the Sierra Nevada, or east slope of the coast range. Click here to view a map of the boundaries of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.
  • Applicant requirements: Projects must benefit disadvantaged communities and should demonstrate a high degree of community support and community involvement. Projects that benefit public health in addition to water quality are especially encouraged.
  • Non-profit Status: Applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization, fiscally-sponsored by a 501(c)3, or a governmental or tribal entity.

Examples of Allowable Projects and Activities

Eligible projects include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Water Quality Monitoring Programs including water quality monitoring of surface and groundwater supplies in disadvantaged communities that do not have a publicly regulated community water system, as well as community-based water quality monitoring designed to aid overall watershed management and water resource decisions. This may include water quality testing of individual or community wells that are sources of domestic water.
  • Well Rehabilitation or Replacement including repairing wells that are sources of drinking water and that may provide conduits for pollutants to enter groundwater, or capping and replacing wells that cannot be rehabilitated.
  • Watershed Assessment Programs including community participation in watershed planning programs such as IRWMPs, development of model watershed protection policies, and development of local water quality protection plans and policies for disadvantaged community water sources.
  • Wetland, Waterbody or Riparian Habitat Conservation or Protection Programs including land acquisition combined with community-based restoration, interpretive or educational programs, and community-based watershed stewardship and riparian restoration programs.
  • Pollution Prevention Projects such as community-based outreach to businesses designed to encourage voluntary pollution reduction and water conservation, and public education about local water quality issues and what people can do to improve water quality in disadvantaged communities and other areas.
  • Public Awareness Projects including community outreach, education and assistance designed to encourage pollution reduction and/or water conservation to protect disadvantaged community water sources and other water bodies, and development and delivery of watershed-oriented environmental education curriculum.

Examples of Projects That Are Not Allowable

The following project activities are prohibited:

  • No lobbying.
  • No litigation.

A Note for Previous and Current Grantees

  • If your organization has previously received funding from this Fund and is: a) on track and meeting or exceeding all of its required interim milestones; and is, b) scheduled to be fully completed within the first half of 2017, then you are eligible to submit a new application for the 2018 Project List.
  • If your organization received funding in 2017 for more than 50% of its total requested project budget, you have to sit one year out and are not eligible to apply for the 2017 Project List. This mandatory one year “sit-out” helps make space on the project list for other worthy community-based organizations.
  • If your organization was on the 2017 Project List and: a) did not receive any funding; or b) received funding for 50% or less of its total project budget, it is eligible to roll over. “Roll-overs” will be provided with a streamlined update process. If you are uncertain regarding your roll-over status, please contact the Rose Foundation.

*If you still have questions or confusion, join our How-To-Apply Conference Call on November 30, 2017 at 2pm. You can register for the call by clicking here.*


Tim Little, Executive Director
Email: tlittle[AT]rosefdn.org (please replace AT with @)

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